Sunday, December 17, 2017

T&T go for Caribbean finals spot

CAPTAIN Maylee Attin-Johnson is out through yellow card suspension, but Trinidad and Tobago hope to have defender Ayanna Russell and potent striker Kennya “Ya Ya” Cordner back against Martinique today at the Women Caribbean Cup. 

T&T’s women’s footballers battle Martinique this evening for Group B honours, and a direct spot to the final, after both unbeaten teams won for the second time on Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium (HCS). 

The teams meet from 6.15 p.m. at  the HCS, with the winners meeting either Haiti or Jamaica in Tuesday’s Caribbean Cup final, while the losers play for third spot. 

Having a superior goal-difference, T&T need just a draw to reach the final. Earlier in the HCS double-header, St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua-Barbuda meet at 4p.m.

Both Russell and Cordner sat out Friday night’s 3-0 defeat of Antigua-Barbuda, Russell through an ankle knock and Cordner was one of three players complaining of chest pains following T&T’s opening match against St Kitts-Nevis. The other two were passed medically fit, but Corder will need further precautionary testing. 

“As much as she was disappointed when we told her before the game, that is just something we had to do,” Trinidad and Tobago’s American coach Randy Waldrum said. “She will get some further tests tomorrow, and hopefully after that she’ll be ready to go the next game.” 

Waldrum says his captain Johnson’s absence gives another player a chance to step up, and he wants to give as many players match experience without disturbing the team’s natural rythmn.

Martinique are probably no better than St Kitts-Nevis or Antigua-Barbuda, teams they were lucky to beat. However, Waldrum is taking no chances, and has identified Martiniquan striker Prisca Carin (No.12) and key midfielder Nathalela Paulin, as players to note. 

“They have a lot of size on that team, so you worry about dead ball and set pieces when you meet a team which has the kind of size they have. “ 

“They haven’t sat in for their first two games, but they may (against T&T),” Waldrum added. “They may not sit in as much as the game tonight (Antigua) because they have two wins, and I do think they will want to go for the win as well. But, they may sit a bit.”